KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans might not have voted for Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) if they knew that that they would be getting Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) as a victory reward, said United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (UPKO) Youth Chief, Felix Joseph Saang.
He said that Sabahans are aware that PAS’ political ideology is unsuitable for the multiracial community in Sabah.
“I would like to reiterate that this is not an individual or religious issue. This is an issue regarding the ideologies of PAS, as records have shown that they have insulted other religions in the past.
“PAS also had no intention to apologise. Many have disagreed with their political beliefs, including the Muslim leaders in Sabah,” said Felix in a statement.
He was responding to an earlier statement issued by PBS Youth Chief Christopher Mandut, where the latter had said that UPKO had failed to fight for Sabah’s rights during its two-year administration with Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and where he had also brought up the issue of the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).
Felix, who is the UPKO Beluran Chief said that Mandut’s statement showed that PBS is trying to stray away from the real issue and that they are trying to divert the people’s attention.
“We were trying to voice out the concerns and anxieties of Sabahans regarding the beginning of the PAS era but PBS had instead shifted to the PSS issue.
“When talking about the PSS, does PBS realise that it was actually a proposal from the former Home Minister who is now Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) Prime Minister (PN)?
“This was Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s proposal. PBS should have demanded an explanation from him. Why are they blaming UPKO?” he asked.
Felix said that PBS should have emulated the previous state government’s leadership – a government who dared to make decisions without referring to the federal government, which in the end resulted in the cancellation of the PSS,” said Felix.
“Why did they have to acknowledge the appointment of a PAS member as a nominated assemblymen just for the sake of adhering to the wishes of Malayan parties.
“Why couldn’t they fight for the voices of the people who are against the party? It is clear that PBS had failed to defend the voices of the people,” stressed Felix.
He added that many have started to realise that PBS had only used the illegal immigrants (PATI) issue to garner votes and to hoodwink the people in the recent state election.
“PBS should not confuse the people and harp on the PATI issue solely for political gain,” he said.
“My friend, Mandut may have forgotten that the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants in Sabah was established thanks to the eagerness, courage and struggle of UPKO.
“Sadly, when the former PBS president was appointed as the chairman of the RCI Technical Committee, PBS had miserably failed to do anything.
“As the chairman of the committee, PBS had the capacity and time to resolve the issue but instead they kept silent and complied to the instructions of Malaya,” he said further.
“We will see the extent of PBS’ competency and sincerity to fulfil their promises as well as their bravery in resolving the issue of illegal immigrants (such as IMM13 documents, Kad Burung-Burung, Sijil Banci and stateless children).
“After talking so loudly about PATI and now that PBS is back in government, Sabahans would expect PBS to have the wisdom and honesty to achieve a comprehensive solution to the PATI issue.
“Mandut is a good friend of mine, I just want to say that as a political party, we do not necessarily have to be in the government to serve the people. We, in UPKO will continue our principal-centred servant leadership. Rest assured, we will be the eyes, ears and voice of the people,” he said.-http://beritsabah.com